Television host Shawn Tempesta of KTNV-TV 13’s (ABC) The Morning Blend lifestyle show considers himself a well-connected guy with plenty of tech toys. But a recent visit to the Cox Smart Home in Las Vegas outfitted with over 60 Wi-Fi devices may have outpaced even his level of super-sized connectedness.
“It’s stocked to the gills with some amazing things that are going to make your life a breeze,” Tempesta told his audience.
The folks at Cox partnered with KB Home to turn a model home in the builder’s new Desert Mesa community in North Las Vegas into a destination for a one-day open house designed to educate community leaders, elected officials, special guests and the media about technology’s growing role in healthcare and how it can help older adults age in place safely and securely.
Tempesta navigated the house room-to-room stopping to inspect telehealth devices, motion detection, automation, smart speakers, a telepresence robot, compassion pet, an automated pill dispenser, and much more. He met with subject matter experts who explained all the gadgetry in terms of its ability to help adults lead a life of Connected Independence.
Through Alison Jacobson, a nationally active expert known as “The Safety Mom,” Connected Independence guru Doug Rowe, virtual reality ace Kyle Rand and others, Tempesta learned that everyday people are leveraging technology to stay at home and age in place—an option gaining increasing favorability over more traditional options such as adult day care and elder care facilities.
“Wow, that’s powerful stuff!” Shawn enthused.
According to AARP, 10,000 Americans are turning 65 every day and that by 2020 the U.S. will have 119 million seniors. Research by the interest group also says that almost 90 percent of adults over the age of 65 want to stay in their current home and community as they age.
Watch the six-and-a-half-minute special broadcast on KTNV-TV 13 and learn how your home can become smart too. Cox can help with the transition. The Company will be demonstrating Trapollo, its remote patient monitoring capabilities and smart technologies at more than ten, one-day Cox Smart Home open houses across the country through the end of 2018.